If you’re a woman, you may want to read this entire article. If you have sisters, mothers, aunts, or any important women in your life over the age of 50, this article may be useful for their health in the long run. Osteoporosis is not just exclusive to women. If you’re a man over 50, you’ll have a one in four chance of developing osteoporosis compared to being a woman over 50 that has a one in two chance. That’s still pretty common and it never hurts to get informed before it’s too late.
Osteoporosis is defined as condition in which the bones become brittle from loss of tissue. This can be caused from hormonal changes or vitamin deficiencies (vitamin D and calcium). Almost 54 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass. 20% of elderly patients who break a bone, such as the hip, shoulder or other large bones statistically pass away within one year. This is a sad event and is set off by complications from the broken bone(s), or complications from surgery that is sometimes needed to fix it.
The most frequent complication with osteoporosis is vertebral compression fractures (VCF). VCF is a collapse of the vertebrae within the spine. You may experience inability to walk, limited mobility, inflexibility, and/or loss of balance. VCF can deform the shape of the spine, causing humpbacks or other deformities.
Symptoms of VCF include:
- Decrease in usual height
- Sudden severe back pain
- Trouble standing or walking
- Pain when standing or walking
- Pain relief when flat on your back, or lying down
If your osteoporosis becomes severe, you may need surgery. In other cases of osteoporosis, surgery can be avoided. Chiropractic care can help prevent osteoporosis from worsening. Our treatments in our Orange City Chiropractic off as well as our Daytona Beach Chiropractic Clinic include, but are not limited to, relaxation techniques, adjustment/manipulation, nutrition counseling or even physical exercises that can help increase bone mass. Additional treatment can be added to your treatment plan for pain relief such as massage and soft tissue therapy. An added benefit of our chiropractic care is noticed with increased mobility and flexibility. This can help prevent any future falls that may put you at risk for a broken bone and/or surgery needed to repair it.
Factors that increase your risk for osteoporosis:
- Being underweight
- Being female, over the age of 50
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Smoking or drinking
- Too much protein
- Not enough vitamin D or calcium
Let our expert staff treat you and allow you to regain your life back. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. As we age, our health become more and more important. Let us help you maintain a higher level of physical health.